Milton Primary Academy, Leek Road, Milton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 7AF
Part of Windsor Academy Trust

Design and Technology

Subject Leader: Miss E Wilson

Subject Vision

Design and technology (DT) is a practical subject. At Milton Primary Academy, our vision is for children to use their creativity and imagination to design products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Children are taught how to work as a team and solve problems collaboratively. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of how it fits into their daily life and their future careers aspirations.


At Milton Primary Academy, we aim to provide a design and technology curriculum that is creative, inclusive, challenging and inspired by the real-world. It inspires future thinkers, innovators and problem solvers in an immersive environment that stimulates curiosity and supports high-quality learning, allowing every learner to fulfil their potential, all whilst fully meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework and National Curriculum. 

Our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world;
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge and understanding in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users;
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Design and Technology Programme of Study

Our programme of study for design and technology was developed internally and it clearly sets out what will be taught and learnt at each point in the year for all year groups, including a range of famous designers and producers. Although this bespoke programme of study is the 'spine' of our design and technology curriculum, as it sets out the essential knowledge and skills that pupils must be taught and learn, teachers have the autonomy to make their own judgement as to the best way to achieve this and they enrich the content with a range of high-quality resources from a range of different sources.


During the teaching of each National Curriculum unit of learning in design and technology lessons, children’s subject knowledge and ability to work creatively is assessed formatively by their class teacher. In doing so, teachers consider the objectives covered during each lesson, or lessons, and also the final piece, before  using these judgements to inform their future teaching and expectations of the children.

At the end of each unit of learning, teachers make a summative judgement relating to the children’s knowledge and understanding of design and technology in line with the objectives set out in the National Curriculum. This information is recorded online, allowing leaders to track and monitor the progress and attainment of individuals as they make their way through the school.